Trump Says Obstruction Of Justice Probe Based On 'Phony Story'

"They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story", Trump said in a tweet shortly before 7 a.m.

The Washington Post, citing unidentified officials, reported on Wednesday that special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating the Republican president for possible obstruction of justice.

Trump made the remark on Twitter on June 15, a day after The Washington Post reported that special counsel Robert Mueller - who has been investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election and whether there was any collusion by Trump's campaign - is now also examining whether Trump tried to obstruct justice.

Mueller's investigators have asked for information and will talk to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers, a source familiar with the matter told CNN.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein would likely need to recuse himself.

Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, would not comment on whether Mueller was looking at possible obstruction of justice by Trump but said Congress "certainly needs to get to the bottom" of the issue.

A week after former FBI Director James Comey lit up cable news with his live testimony about Donald Trump pink slipping him over an investigation into Russian interference in last year's election, CNN today has taken the bureau to court over its ex-boss' memos of his meetings with POTUS.

Trump did not directly address the allegations that he is being probed for possibly obstructing justice - a potentially impeachable offense.

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A spokesman for Mr Mueller's team declined to comment on Wednesday.

Mark Corallo, a spokesman for Trump's legal team, denounced the Post report, saying on Wednesday: "The FBI leak of information regarding the president is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal".

In his latest tweet, the president seemed to confirm he is under investigation for possible obstruction of justice.

Trump has called The Washington Post report a "phony story" and a "WITCH HUNT".

Comey testified that initial explanations that he was sacked because of poor leadership were "lies, plain and simple".

The move ordered Thursday by the transition's general counsel cast a wide net on documents tied to the Russian Federation investigation as well as inquiries into the activities of Trump associates. "They're the ones we are not winning in", he said at the Mid-Winter Ball. After a day of speculation, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, "While the president has the right to, he has no intention to do so".

Accusations of obstruction arose last month when Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.

"Oftentimes what happens, frankly, in counterintelligence investigations is you start looking at sort of a core intelligence question - What did the Russians do and did they do it with any Americans? - and it grows into: What did any of those Americans do in their financial matters that may also raise alarms with the FBI?" Comey said he understood the president to be requesting that the FBI drop any investigation into alleged false statements Flynn made about his conversations with Russians. Any findings by the department's investigation would be referred to Congress, where lawmakers would determine whether to impeach the president.

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